File:Camellia sinensis - Köhler–s Medizinal-Pflanzen-025.jpg|thumb|Tea plant (''Camellia sinensis'') from ''Köhler's Medicinal Plants'', 1897
File:Camellia sinensis (Boltz Conservatory).JPG|thumb|Tea plant
'''Tea''' is an aromatic beverage
commonly prepared by pouring hot or boiling water over cured leaves of the ''Camellia sinensis
'', an evergreen shrub
native to Asia.
[#Martin|Martin, p. 8]
After water, it is the most widely consumed drink in the world.
There are many different types of tea; some teas, like Darjeeling tea|Darjeeling
and Chinese greens, have a cooling, slightly bitter, and astringent
while others have vastly different profiles that include sweet, nutty, floral or grassy notes.
Tea originated in Southwest China
, where it was used as a Medicine|medicinal
drink. It was popularized as a recreational drink...